DUMBO, an important industrial waterfront district in the city’s development, was designated a historic district in 2007. On Friday, officials from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) unveiled new markers that will promote the neighborhood.
LPC executive director Sarah Carroll joined Councilman Stephen Levin and the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance at the intersection of Jay and Water streets for the unveiling.
“Since its designation in 2007, this dynamic neighborhood has maintained its industrial character,” Carroll said. “With this marker, New Yorkers and visitors alike can learn more about DUMBO’s architectural and historical significance.”
The three markers, placed throughout the district, feature a map of the area and a brief description of the neighborhood’s history.
DUMBO was home to large manufacturing businesses in the 19th and 20th centuries that employed thousand of laborers, many of them recent immigrants.
The neighborhood began to change in the 1970s, when artists moved in and converted many of the old industrial buildings into working lofts. Today, DUMBO is a bustling mixed-use neighborhood with an influx of young people.
“One of the wonderful things of living in New York City is being surrounded by history and engaging with it on a personal level,” Levin said. “The DUMBO community continuously works to preserve the historical legacy of this neighborhood for generations to come, and this marker will go a long way to support that effort.”
Local property owners Peter Forman and AJ Pires spoke about the importance of the neighborhood in their own lives. Jay Street was home to Forman’s family-owned business for generations, which still has a presence in the neighborhood.
Doreen Gallo, president of the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance, said the community is inspired by the installation of its first historic district markers.
“As our neighborhood continues to expand and evolve, it remains paramount that we continue to educate the public as to the growing need for historic preservation,” Gallo said.